Trump's GOP convention will be a parade of 'ghoulish clowns': conservative columnist
Donald Trump Jr., Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump stand together during the Republican National Convention. (Shutterstock)

Writing for The Washington Post on Friday, conservative columnist Kathleen Parker condemned President Donald Trump, warning that his upcoming renomination convention is doomed to be a spectacle of "ghoulish clowns."

"The Democratic National Convention, as tightly choreographed as a Broadway production, was a four-day anthem to decency, empathy and reason, framed with heartfelt stories and a seriousness of purpose. I can’t recall a more-solemn Barack Obama, who exchanged his hope-and-change template for one of direness and urgency," wrote Parker. By contrast, "I imagine an array of circus acts involving non-Hollywood performers jumping through hoops of inflammatory rhetoric," like MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and QAnon conspiracy theorist congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene.

The Democratic convention was reasonably well-received by political commentators, leading some pundits to argue Trump is under huge pressure to deliver a top performance next week.

"Which party keeps the best company? Biden with his protesters and climate-change dreamers? Or Trump, who embraces QAnon, white supremacists and skinheads?" wrote Parker. "Unless Trump pulls a covid-19 vaccine from his sleeve Thursday, I’m placing my bets on the goodness of the American people. My wager is that most would prefer a guy from Scranton, Pa., whose moral compass has been forged through suffering and humility, to a quack from Queens, whose moral compass is a wheel of fortune, where the needle always lands on Me."

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